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    Do you still celebrate birthdays?

    Hey Folks, this seems strange, but did this forum celebrate when
    it turned 1?!

    For memory I signed up here early May sometime & was
    supposed to get to 1000 posts in the year! Oh well, not far
    off it, but since this Forum is nearly 13 months old!

    Cheers,
    CP/M User.
    Generic and Amstrad CPC based Programs written in Turbo Pascal 3

    #2
    The board officially started on Sat Apr 26, 2003 at 5:07 pm, according to the logs.

    The website is at least a year and a half older then that, for what it's worth.

    I didn't start publicizing the boards until probably a week after I set them up, so an actual birthday is hard to figure.

    Either way, we've been at this over a year and things are going very well.

    Thanks for the reminder!

    Erik
    The Vintage Computer and Gaming Marketplace
    The Vintage Computer

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      #3
      Originally posted by Erik
      The board officially started on Sat Apr 26, 2003 at 5:07 pm, according to the logs.
      Hey, we share a birthday, then. I'm 4/26/55!
      I didn't start publicizing the boards until probably a week after I set them up, so an actual birthday is hard to figure.
      It wasn't a full week, cause I joined in on the 30th, off from a post to comp.os.cpm. That's only 4 days.

      Erik[/quote]

      --T
      Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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        #4
        Actually, I did celebrate my birthday this year, by treating myself to a computer upgrade, after using the same computer for two years (that's a record for me--2 years on the same PC). Went from a P-II 266MHz, 160Mb RAM, 4Mb video card, to a 366MHz, 196Mb, 8MB VRAM. Total cost, $0.00, including shipping. The upgrade started out as a co-incidental bit of luck. A couple days before my b'day, I came across a very interesting trash pile along the side of the road. (As I drove by, I noticed a printer and a desktop box on the top of this huge pile, so I went back to investigate). In this pile I found, among other things, a Mac PPC 7200/90, several base units of IBM TP 390E (my G/F's computer), a Micro$oft Natural Keyboard, and best of all, an IBM TP 770X base unit (my computer was a TP 770E). I put some of these items up on ebay, and made about $23.00 off them. The rest I put to good use. I set up the Mac for my little girl, used one of the 390E's to repair G/F's computer. (Someone had broken her USB jack by forcing the plug in upside-down), and used the 770X to upgrade my 770E. The X model uses a different MB & CPU card, which has more base memory, and had an 8Mb video card. I then purchased a faster CPU card off eBay for $11.50, including shipping.
        Upgraded/repaired two laptops, and still made a profit of $11.50--not a bad trash pile at all. I just took it as a b'day present from the TrashGods to me.

        --T
        Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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          #5
          "Erik" wrote:

          > The board officially started on Sat Apr 26, 2003 at 5:07
          > pm, according to the logs.

          > The website is at least a year and a half older then that,
          > for what it's worth.

          Yeah, it's nearly 13 months old which will be comming up
          on Wednesday (I'd guess). In Australia it will be Thursday
          cause were roughtly a day ahead (earlier if you're on the
          eastern coast of the US!

          Either way, it's all the same. Like in Australia it's the 27th
          of April & the 26th where you are!

          > I didn't start publicizing the boards until probably a
          > week after I set them up, so an actual birthday is
          > hard to figure.

          I'd just go by when the board was setup, or is that like
          going through a unborn child?

          The birthday should be when the forum was completed.
          Which is perhaps the same day it was setup?

          > Either way, we've been at this over a year and things
          > are going very well.

          > Thanks for the reminder!

          Cheers,
          CP/M User.
          Generic and Amstrad CPC based Programs written in Turbo Pascal 3

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            #6
            "Terry Yager" wrote:

            > ...(Someone had broken her USB jack by forcing the plug
            > in upside-down)...

            You mean you can break those USB jacks?! I thought they
            were indestructable!

            Cheers,
            CP/M User.
            Generic and Amstrad CPC based Programs written in Turbo Pascal 3

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              #7
              Originally posted by CP/M User
              "Terry Yager" wrote:

              > ...(Someone had broken her USB jack by forcing the plug
              > in upside-down)...

              You mean you can break those USB jacks?! I thought they
              were indestructable!

              Cheers,
              CP/M User.
              No, that's my ThinkPad you're thinking of. It's the one that's bullet-proof. Even though I have a reputation for breaking things by plugging them in upside-down, I'm not guilty this time. We're holding her daughter responsible, even though she denies everything (of course). Oh well, no harm, no foul. Good thing we had an excess of those motherboards that week.

              --T
              Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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                #8
                "Terry Yager" wrote:

                >>> ...(Someone had broken her USB jack by forcing the plug
                >>> in upside-down)...

                >> You mean you can break those USB jacks?! I thought they
                >> were indestructable!

                > No, that's my ThinkPad you're thinking of. It's the one
                > that's bullet-proof. Even though I have a reputation for
                > breaking things by plugging them in upside-down, I'm
                > not guilty this time. We're holding her daughter
                > responsible, even though she denies everything (of
                > course). Oh well, no harm, no foul. Good thing we had
                > an excess of those motherboards that week.

                A case of something being cheap can be nasty if handled
                incorrectly then. Generally IBMs you pay that little bit extra
                for.

                Cheers,
                CP/M User.
                Generic and Amstrad CPC based Programs written in Turbo Pascal 3

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                  #9
                  We have four different models of ThinkPads here, all of similar age & specs. The 600 model is very thin & lightweight, but I consider it to be flimsy compared to the others. The 770's are built like a tank, but the downside of that is the weight. They tip the scales at over 8 lbs. The 390E falls somewhere in between, sturdier than the 600, but not as well put together as the 770's. The 390 & 600's cases are made of common plastic, whereas the 770s are constructed of a carbon-graphite composition, just like a Ferarri's body is made of. I've never looked up the original prices of them, but I'd guess that there is a big difference there too (especially the Ferarri).

                  --T
                  Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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                    #10
                    Btw, did you know that computer manufacturer Acer since a while is co-operating with Ferrari and has released some notebooks and desktop computers in red with the official Ferrari logotype? They are somewhat more expensive than a comparable computer, but what is more surprising is that even low- or mid-class machines ($1500-2000) have been included in the product line, which is much un-Ferrari-like.

                    Speaking of which, Fernando Porsche has participating in designing some cases for external hard drives etc, but I find them utterly ugly looking, in particular considering a such well known designer has put his name on them. Maybe you can only vary a hard drive case so much, or it was a case of great uninspiration.
                    Anders Carlsson

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                      #11
                      "carlsson" wrote:

                      > Btw, did you know that computer manufacturer Acer
                      > since a while is co-operating with Ferrari and has
                      > released some notebooks and desktop computers in
                      > red with the official Ferrari logotype? <snip>

                      I nearly ended up with an Acer back in 1997. At the
                      time they were one of the few Notebooks which had
                      a CD-ROM & Floppy Disk built-in (a feat which most
                      other Notebooks didn't have then). Unfortunately the
                      cost stopped me from getting one. But it was also a
                      nice looking machine too.

                      Cheers,
                      CP/M User.
                      Generic and Amstrad CPC based Programs written in Turbo Pascal 3

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                        #12
                        I'll go one step further and say that Porche's cars are ugly, too. Always have been, since back in the fifties. The Speedster really does look like a bathtub-on-wheels. (Of course, ugly or not, I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me).

                        --T
                        Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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                          #13
                          "Terry Yager" wrote:

                          > I'll go one step further and say that Porche's cars
                          > are ugly, too. Always have been, since back in
                          > the fifties. The Speedster really does look like a
                          > bathtub-on-wheels. (Of course, ugly or not, I
                          > wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me).

                          Pity, I like the Speedster!

                          Cheers,
                          CP/M User.
                          Generic and Amstrad CPC based Programs written in Turbo Pascal 3

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                            #14
                            Oh well, they're pretty quick all right, and probably well-engineered, but I just prefer the look of classic American muscle cars.

                            --T
                            Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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                              #15
                              "Terry Yager" wrote:

                              > Oh well, they're pretty quick all right, and probably
                              > well-engineered, but I just prefer the look of classic
                              > American muscle cars.

                              Well, the movie I seen one in was wasted. They didn't
                              even include it in a high-speed car chase, well unless
                              you call a chase with a Bus a chase! Eventually,
                              the darn thing was blown up & geez wasn't Eddie
                              Murphy happy about it!

                              Cheers,
                              CP/M User.
                              Generic and Amstrad CPC based Programs written in Turbo Pascal 3

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